It’s too bad the Canadiens rest until next Friday. They’re hot, and we don’t want any cooling off.
4-2 Habs, marking three in row now for the team we just recently wanted to send to a Siberian work camp. The boys now find themselves on a nice little roll, having first knocked off the Flyers, and then completing a successful home-and-home against the arch rival Bruins.
But I’m not even sure why I’m saying this. You already know this stuff.
That’s good shit. Going from the depths of hell to a place where birds sing and flowers grow, all within five days or so.
Lars Eller continued to show great puck-handling skills, except for the time he put it on Nathan Horton’s stick, who gave it to Milan Lucic, who put it by Carey Price, thus ruining a very possible shutout. But regardless of this one lapse, Eller played a fine and intelligent game, and also managed to score his first goal of the season after Brian Gionta had opened the scoring for Montreal on the power play.
Travis Moen assisted on Eller’s goal, and also tangled with Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton, which is music to my ears. Once again, Moen does his job, goes up against a big boy, and shows all concerned that he means business on a daily basis. Like I said in a previous post, if Moen can add toughness, along with a few points here and there, we’ll see Montreal’s smaller, skilled guys play with much more room on the ice.
It was also nice to see Andrew Ference, the one who gave the finger to the Bell Centre fans last year, take a stupid penalty for punching PK Subban in the face, and while he paid his penance in the sinbin, David Desharnais ripped one home on the power play. Smart move, Ference. You cost your team because you’re an arsehole.
Boston caused us some slight problems when they scored with the goalie on the bench and just 55 seconds left to make it a 3-2 game, but good old Tomas Plekanec found the empty net and drove the final nail into the Bruin coffin. Kind of a Halloween reference I guess.
The comeback trail is in full swing now for the recent sad-sack Canadiens, they’ve found their legs and their heart, and forget about them not making the playoffs, they’re moving up the charts with a bullet. Now it’s that long wait until Friday when they storm into the Nation’s Capital to play the over-achieving Senators.
Nurse some wounds, ice some bruises, hold some sharp practices, and come out flying next Friday in Ottawa. Then do it again the following evening in midtown Manhattan against the Rangers. The team Sean Avery used to play for, remember?
Keep this lovely winning streak going. And what’s that? Boston’s still in the basement? Geez I feel bad about this.
Shots on goal, Boaston 28, Habs 27
Jacques Martin has told the press that Andrei Markov will start practicing in a week or two.